Have you joined Pinterest?
If not, go request an invitation and start pinning away!
I’m always intrigued by the buzz around social media sites, and being an online entrepreneur (and media addict) it doesn’t take me too long to poke around and see if they’re worth joining.
What is Pinterest you may ask?
It’s basically a online or virtual photo album that lets you categorize all the beautiful photos and links you find on the web. You can discover photos through contacts and keyword searches. It’s easy to use, and an incredible organizational tool, as well as great eye candy.
How do you use it?
You can get a friend to invite you or go to Pinterest and request an invite. I signed up with my twitter account, and you can also sign up with your facebook account. Set up your account, and add a bio photo and any other information you’d like to share. Then you’re ready to go! The easiest way to pin is to add the “pin-it” button to your tool bar and then anytime you find something you like on the web that you want to share, keep track of or remember you just click that button. Then you can organize the photos into whatever categories you like.
How is it useful?
There are so many ways to use Pinterest. Some people use it to share photos of their artwork or products (Though it’s urged that you do so minimally and respectfully) Others keep track of photos of dishes and recipes they want to create, DIY and art projects they want to complete, home decorating ideas, photos of fashion and style inspiration, organizational ideas, and travel photos. The possibilities are practically endless as Pinterest lets you create your own board categories and you can organize photos however you like. In addition, each photo links to the original source allowing you to re-visit web-sites where they were found, much like a visual bookmark system.
A few things I’ve used Pinterest for include keeping track of and sharing some healthy dishes as well as pinning a few of my favorite cosmetic products to keep track of where to buy them, and to let others know how great they are.
What’s the social side of it?
You can connect with your facebook and twitter contacts and follow their pin boards. You can also search and find people who have similar interests to yours and keep an eye on their pins. Pinterest lets photos be repinned, so even if you’re not out searching the web you can still find a lot of things that interest you just through looking through the boards alone.
Feel free to take a peek at my Pinterest boards, and I may just follow you back as well!
Have you joined Pinterest?
On February 10th, 2009 The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will go into effect which willput strict safety measures on product made for children and requires that toys and product made for children under 12 be tested for safety (specifically lead) content by independent labs and labeled with their material contents. This Act is largely in response to millions of toys that were imported from China and recalled just this past summer, that had lead levels far beyond legal limits.
At first glance, this sounds like a wonderful piece of legislation until one thinks about it further (which apparently too many politicians did not do.)
In our already struggling economy, this will place additional financial burden on EVERY SINGLE manufacturer and retailer of children’s products. This includes everyone from major retailers down to the handmade producers of ogranic children’s clothes or natural waldorf toys. It doesn’t matter whether there is no way there could be lead in the product, it still has to be tested. Unfortunately, unlike some major manufacturers, small independent producers do not have the financial means to test the products they make.
Consider that even major retailers will have to pull products from their shelves that have not been properly tested and labeled. This means either dramatically reducing their prices for quick sale and taking a huge loss, or destroying them. With most retailers already struggling, consider the further detrimental impact this will have on our economy.
Most handmade artists are particularly concientious and responsible about their work and assuring that it meets regulations and standards. A large percentage have already researched what they would have to do to comply. To the dismay of many they have discovered that the costs of testing on toy could run anywhere from $500 to over $1500 or even more. (I read somewhere that testing something like a child’s telescope could run over $15,000!) Some quotes they have received from labs have stated that tests would run approximately $150 per material. Imagine the handmade doll maker who uses five different threads, four different fabrics, wood, and plastic in their handmade doll, which they spend ten hours making and only retail for $35. Now do the math.
This law has no loopholes for artists who have spent years doing everything they could to use only natural materials, and to be very aware of what they use in their creations. This law also has provided no financial means to ease the burden put on businesses who simply cannot afford what it demands they do. Which means, that we may see thousands about thousands of small business destroyed in a time when we need to be doing everything we can to support our small businesses.
While we need to do everything we can to protect our children,we have to do so with a level head and educated decisions. Putting thousands of companies, individuals and small organizations of out business who have never done anything to harm children and have always strived to create quality products is certainly not an improvement. Furthermore, when everyone else goes out of business, what toy and childrens’ product manufacturers will remain? (Probably the same manufacturers who were responsible for bringing all the toys with lead content into the US in the first place)
Where can you go to be heard or learn more?
Visit these following links (not all endorsed or reviewed by Art Addict, but offered up for you to research)
Response from the National Association of Manufacturers
I haven’t come across Emerge before (but frankly think it would be nice to take a look at it) Right now they’ve issued a call for artists to submit their work to be considered so I’m making that information available to you.
emerge is an art zine designed to connect emerging Midwest artists with galleries in the region.
Distributed quarterly to over 100 galleries, emerge features six artists per issue, each hand selected by a rotation of guest jurors. Professional Midwest artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Chosen artists receive an entire color spread, complete with several images of recent work, their show history and a Q&A section where they discuss the ideas behind their art. Visit us online at http://www.sarahearle.com/links.php?43353 for submission guidelines and to see why emerge is a powerful exposure tool for any serious studio artist in the Midwest.
So I was sitting here today (and yesterday, and the day before for that matter) already in a panic trying to compile my list of things “to do” and “things I need” for my upcoming summer shows. Yes, I said summer and yes, I know there is snow outside on the ground. Considering my first show is in June though that is only a few months away, and when one has things to buy, construct, or send away for in the mail these things take time.
With that small panic attack now out I figure I’ll share my list of things to have if you yourself think that the crazy world of outdoor art festivals just sounds like so much fun and you really have to try it!
I’d recommend at least having the following to do an art show:
*A Tent-preferably white, with sidewalls. I myself like the Caravan tents they have at Costo. Currently I’m debating the least eye-sore way of holding mine down from wind gusts. (It is VERY important to make sure your tent does not blow away!) Since almost all shows won’t let me put stakes in the ground this will involve either weights, sandbags, or milk jugs of water. DO NOT get one that isn’t a cinch to put up. You don’t have time to play with a tent forever when you have merchandise to set up.
*Tables, chairs (And it’s not a bad idea to have a smaller table for your cashbox and personal stuff hidden away behind your display tables)
*Table covering (I’ve got to get some new tablecloths, and hopefully my table runners dry clean well as they unfortunately did double-duty at a house party and had some run-ins with salsa!)
*A cash box, lots of cash to make change with, a calculator, notepad, pens and pencils
* A receipt book and inventory record to track sales
*Food and Water (yes, this is high on my list)
*Signage-price tags, advertising banners, type of payments accepted (and extras of all of these)
*Vendors license # (Just in case they come checking!)
*Business cards and other promo materials (I’m thinking of doing magnets with my web-site address)
*A mailing list sign up
*A camera (You’re going to want photos after doing all that set-up)
*Your display-in my case an even longer list of jewelry risers, t-bars, rotating earring rack, necklace and bracelet stands, and random bowls, trays and more!
*Emergency supplies-tape of all kinds, binder clips, string or rope, safety pins, band-aids, paper towels, a garbage bag. You never know when these things will come in handy, but if you don’t bring a bag of them you’re guaranteed to need one!
*Anything else your required to bring (a demonstration project/a donation/etc..)
*Packaging for customer purchase–make it look nice! Logo bags, stickers, boxes, ribbons, whatever!
*And oh yeah, don’t forget your artwork!
If I’ve forgotten anything, or you have anything to add please feel free to do so!